Despite the best efforts of the talented screenwriters Chris Terrio (who worked on the Oscar winning movie Argo) and Joss Whedon (who directed The Avengers and its sequel) the plot for the movie seems hurried and moves along grudgingly.
To be fair, with the surprising success of Wonder Woman and Suicide Squad recently, it did appear to cinema goers that DC was finally lightening up and adopting the much loved sly sense of humour of the beloved Marvel movies. Sadly, other than The Flash (Ezra Miller) with his occasional comic relief there is precious little to laugh at in the Justice League.
The movie doesn’t seem to offer much with a never-heard-of-before kind of villain, Steppenwolf (Ciaran Hinds) who is an alien military officer that’s after three all-powerful boxes which hold the key to the fate of the world and comes off as corny if you don’t know the comic book backstory. One by one the heroes unite and use their distinctive superpowers to stop the villain which is an exciting prospect at the beginning, but falters as the movie moves along the two-hour long timespan.
The endless CGI battles feel entirely pointless as our focus is pulled this way and that, as the new characters fail to establish themselves and only Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) appears to be a glimmer of hope alongside Henry Cavill who is mesmerising as Superman. Superman’s death and comeback are the only saving grace.
All in all, the would-be blockbuster is disengaging to say the least and it really would’ve helped the plot if a set of solo films had been set up before to allow the individual characters to grow, so that their epic union could garner some engagement from audiences. Watch it for the spectacle of movie magic but not much else. Justice League is currently playing in theatres.